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PeopleNet showcases video intelligence, safety dashboard at TCA conference

The Safety Analytics dashboard shows drivers with the highest collision risk.

The Safety Analytics dashboard shows drivers with the highest collision risk.

During the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) 2016 annual convention, being held in Las Vegas from March 6-9, PeopleNet showcased a new option in its fleet mobility platform called the Video Intelligence Solution.

With the new option, fleets that use the PeopleNet onboard platform have single-system access to video captured from forward-facing cameras and event data captured by PeopleNet’s Onboard Event Recording (OER) application.

The video and critical event data is transmitted to the cloud and accessed through the online PeopleNet Fleet Manager (PFM) portal.

“The ability to use video along with OER data provides an unbiased report of what’s happening on the road, giving fleet owners both protection and prevention capabilities,” said Jim Angel, PeopleNet’s vice president of Video Intelligence Solutions. “In the event of an accident, video evidence makes it easier to exonerate a driver, and when video is combined with data from the OER, it allows fleets to develop driver-specific training, helping to keep more drivers safely on the road.”

Other features of the Video Intelligence Solution include:

  • Real-time review of video triggered by company-controlled OER settings, including sudden acceleration and deceleration or hard braking.
  • On-demand video recall allowing for the efficient retrieval of video clips from the past 72 hours, searchable by truck or driver identification number.
  • An easy-to-navigate video library with sorting and filtering options, video flagging, exportable reports, location mapping and downloadable clips.

As part of the solution, fleets also have a new Safety Analytics dashboard that identifies the most at-risk drivers in the fleet.

Future enhancements will let fleets push safety scores to drivers on mobile devices.

Future enhancements will let fleets push safety scores to drivers on mobile devices.

The dashboard is based on a four-tier scoring system that PeopleNet developed to mirror the known crash predictors found in a 2005 and updated 2011 study from the American Transportation Research Institute, says Jim Angel, vice president of video intelligence solutions at PeopleNet.

The Safety Analytics dashboard encompasses information from PeopleNet on violations of posted speed limits, hours of service, and risky driving behaviors from the OER application. It also brings in daily CSA violation data from Vigillo.

The dashboard has various data visualization tools that identify drivers by degree of risk. Those with scores in the top 10 percent in each category, and overall, are highlighted in red followed by yellow and green for the top performers.

In the near future, Angel says PeopleNet will develop benchmarking tools for the Safety Analytics dashboard for fleets to compare performance to peers with similar operational profiles. Another future enhancement will be the ability to automatically push scores and visuals to drivers through mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.